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Kerry Carnahan

Kerry Carnahan is an environmentalist pursuing doctoral work in English at the University of Connecticut. She is from Kansas.

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[My ancestors are empty words]

no pencil

on gelatine paper

no intricate live edge

of the Missouri

no breaking sod

to mine it for wheat

no magnate's gold to

drive our bodies into the fields

no wheat sliding east down

easements that pierce the treaty lands

no ghost of Dorothy

sits up in my body

no craft cocktail:

John Brown's Dugout              14 bucks             

no wet grass curls

above and beneath us

no tractorsfulls of

whiskey empties

no empty words

silting our throats up

no empty bowl

of cut-up peaches

no wombs lit

up with atrazine

no place but

that's just hearsay